CZI will provide $3 billion over the next 10 years through a program called Chan Zuckerberg Science. Its first phase will provide $600 million to researchers at three San Francisco Bay-area universities — Stanford and the University of California at both Berkeley and San Francisco — to create the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub to focus on research and development of new techniques to treat diseases.
The approach differs from the usual approach of focusing on eradicating a specific disease, as is happening with Rotary International and polio eradication or the Carter Center and Guinea worm. CZI, rather, is concentrating on basic science, hoping that its discoveries will pay off down the line. Its strategy is akin to the Gates Foundation’s investments in research that could better global health, rather than funding clinical care or providing health services itself.